Help free our seas of plastic debris
Early this morning over forty (40) underwater divers started the process of cleaning the marines sites and spaces in five sections of the island. The cleanups are taking place at Baron’s Drive, Malgretoute and Hummingbird Beach Resort in Soufriere, at the front of the Sandals La Toc Resort, and at the “Bay Gardens” reef located close to the Vigie Beach area, in the vicinity of a gully from La Clery.
The focus of the cleanup is waste reduction, particularly of single-use plastics. This activity is being coordinated by the Department of Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the St. Lucia Dive Association, several hotel establishments and certified diver.
One of the five dive crews getting ready to head out from Windjammer Beach for the clean-up. Their Massy bags contain some of their essentials for the day.
Massy Stores is the main sponsor of this critical activity, in light of the company’s focus on plastic waste management and reducing single use plastic bags. The organizers received EC $15,000 from the Massy Environmental Fund to support the infrastructure required for this undertaking.
The underwater clean up activity will result in the collection and proper disposal of debris that has made its way into the marine environment, to the detriment of marine ecosystems and wildlife.
Plastics now pollute all dimensions of our ocean from the sea surface to the seafloor to beaches. The impact ocean plastics have on marine species is well documented, but increasingly scientists are concerned about the potential threat of plastics as well as the possible impact it may have on human health as well.
Marine debris isn’t an ocean problem, it’s a people problem.
This means that we (people) are the solution. Tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean begins on land. Let’s commit to keeping our beaches and ocean trash free. Reduction in plastics use, especially of single-use disposable products, and the collection and recycling of plastics can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste that enters the ocean.
International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020 will take place on Saturday, Sept 19.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.